Synopses & Reviews
Based on archival research in Germany, Great Britain, the USA and Canada, this study provides the first complete examination of the relationship between the Oberkommando der Wehrmacht (German Armed Forces High Command), and Anglo-American prisoners of war. German military policy is compared with reports of almost one thousand visits by Red Cross and Protecting Power inspectors to the camps, allowing the reader to judge how well the policies were actually put into practice, and what their impact was on the lives of the captured soldiers, sailors and airmen.
About the Author
Vasilis Vourkoutiotis is Lecturer of History and International Relations at St Petersburg State University, Russia.
Table of Contents
List of Tables and Maps * Foreword * List of Abbreviations/Terms * Part I: Introduction
* Part II: Background Information
* Historical Background * The Geneva Convention, and the National Prisoner of War Policies of Britain, Canada, the United States, and Germany, 1939 * The Structure of Prisoner of War Affairs in Germany * Part III: German Military Policy on the Treatment of British and American Prisoners of War
* General Issues * Prisoner of War Camps * Crimes and Punishments * Labour and Finance * External Relations of Prisoners of War * Part IV: Final Assessments
* What the Inspectors Saw * Policy Versus Evidence * Conclusions